ENHANCING COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
I have spent 30+ years in FD and Non-Exec roles with smaller & medium-sized enterprises, ranging from niche businesses up to £30m turnover groups, across sectors, many of them family businesses - and all experiencing growth, funding stretch and/or business complexity.
This diverse background, using core professional skills originally acquired as a practising Chartered Accountant, has provided an ‘experience bank’ which I now bring to this refocused activity. Operating purely as a Non-Exec Director (or Virtual-NED), I will quickly understand your finances as the context for a very careful appreciation of your culture and goals, together with the commercial nuances and key personalities within your team.
This unusual blend of attributes typically works well in pursuit of enhanced competitive advantage for your company. The clip provides a flavour. Please call me immediately, if this triggers further questions.
"Stuart supported the Chief Executive and members of the Board in engaging eleven universities in our consortium on the path to ambitious investment for growth. Not an easy task at the best of times, his formidable and rapid grasp of detail supported the building of consensus and agreement on the way forward. His involvement was invaluable in helping us achieve our objectives."
Professor Elspeth Jones - Chair, NCUK Board of Directors (to which Consortium Company I had been referred by Allan Barnes, NCUK's Marketing Consultant and former Head of The British Council Education Counselling Service).
“You have an uncanny grasp of both detail and overview - it is unusual to have both.”
Chris Rowlands - CEO, Group 1 Software Europe (where I was locum FD working with Chris to achieve a corporate recovery under the supervision of PwC and, ultimately, a safe home for this business within a Nasdaq-listed group – protecting both shareholder value and UK employment).
“As a Virtual Non-Exec, Stuart brings great added value to my business, through his experience, perspective and people/business insights.”
Howard Eeles - BSc(Hons), TEFL,
The Marlow Language Centre Ltd.
(many years before, Howard and I had been co-directors of a textiles business, where I served as FD).
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